A victim of domestic abuse and her three sons have been forced to flee for a second time after Queensland’s Child Safety Department sent her violent ex-partner details about their secret new life.

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman says the ‘devastating error’ has been referred to the Ethical Standards unit for investigation, reports Daily Mail.

It’s emerged someone in the department accidentally sent the woman’s ex-partner details about the boys’ new school, their counsellor and the local sports they were playing as they tried to rebuild their lives.

The man is in jail on remand accused of attacking the woman, leaving her with broken bones, and going on the run with two of their three sons.

Child Safety and (the mother) are worried that (the father) might be released from prison and try and locate (the mother) and her children.

Ms Fentiman said they’d received a personal apology from her department’s director-general, had been offered further counselling and relocation costs after the woman had to pull her boys out of their new school, fearing they (and others) could be in danger.

‘An incorrect version of a document containing confidential information was sent in error. This was a serious and devastating mistake for the family involved and should never have happened,’ Ms Fentiman said in a statement.

‘The department continues to work with the family to ensure their ongoing safety.’

Opposition child safety spokeswoman Ros Bates says systems that should protect vulnerable women and children are clearly in crisis.

She says the child safety department’s mistake could have cost the woman her life, and it had ‘re-traumatised’ her and her sons.

‘Victims of domestic violence need to have confidence the system will protect them not leave them exposed.’

If you need support the national domestic violence helpline contact 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT.

This is NOT acceptable, we hope the family is safe and the kids are being offered extra support after such a terrible ordeal.

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  • How incompetent of the relevant authorities to make such a stupid mistake.


  • wow that is horrendous, so thankful that they all still have their lives. It would be scary enough to have to go into hiding and try to start a new life without your ex hunting you down!

    I hope that the people responsible loose their job for putting this lady and her children at such a high risk

    I wish her and her children all the best for the future, I hope they stay safe and can enjoy life again without constant fear or worry.


  • Wow, what a mistake from the Queensland’s Child Safety Department !! The fact that mistake could have cost the woman her life, and that it ‘re-traumatised’ her and her sons is very serious, not acceptable indeed !
    Hope they’re safe now and are able to find stability & happiness.


  • No wonder women just run away without getting help. This is appalling.


  • isn’t it lucky that he is locked up and can’t get to them himself! Horrible mistake to make, I hope they find a new safe place to settle down and be free


  • Oh my! What a terrible mistake they make. And now this poor woman is forced to move again!! :-(


  • This is a life threating mistake to make.


  • This is extraordinarily bad and at least the agency is taking it seriously.


  • Unbelievable how these sorts of stupid mistakes happen and then cause havoc.


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